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Blue Bell ice cream recall

Posted September 23, 2016

Blue Bell has recalled select ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough due to possible Listeria contamination.

The recall includes product shipped to North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and other surrounding states.

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough pints and half gallons are part of the recall as well as Blue Bell Cookie Two Step half gallons. For specific product codes, see the FDA information below.

If you have the recalled products, you can return them to the store where you purchased them for a full refund.

FDA Recall Announcement

Brenham, TX - Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling select products produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., due to the potential for it to contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This recall covers the following products.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons: Code Dates
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 082618226
Blue Bell Cookie Two Step 080418222, 081818224

Blue Bell Ice Cream Pints: Code Dates
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 081518242, 082418242

The products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton. The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following ten states Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Blue Bell identified a potential problem through intensified internal testing and notified Aspen Hills. Aspen Hills then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell. Although our products in the marketplace have passed our test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples test negative for Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Bell is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products and are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

We continue to work closely with our regulatory agencies, and we remain committed to ensuring we are producing safe products for our consumers to enjoy. For more information, consumers with questions may call 979-836-7977, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST.


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  • jdouglas13 Sep 24, 2016

    ThomasG, I was thinking the same thing when I heard about the recall.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 23, 2016

    ThomasG - more than likely. So sad. I do love their cookie dough ice cream.

  • ThomasG Sep 23, 2016

    "...chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient from a third party supplier "
    Could it be related tot eh flour recall ?? just a thought ...